• Pastor Joe Esposito

Prayer and Action

"But we prayed to our God and guarded the city day and night to protect ourselves."

Nehemiah 4:9

Nehemiah was in charge of rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem. And when Sanballat heard that the Jews were going to rebuild it, he got angry. In Nehemiah 4:1: "Sanballat was very angry when he learned that we were rebuilding the wall. He flew into a rage and mocked the Jews."

Nehemiah was representing God and our God has enemies that only want to destroy us and our faith in Jesus.

Nehemiah is called the "Book of James" in the Old Testament, because it is a practical Book of "how to do the Lord's work."

What does Nehemiah do when confronted by enemies of God? He prayed and then set in a plan of action to protect those who were working on rebuilding the wall. Prayer is our first response and then let Jesus give us a plan of action.

Nothing new here from Satan; he will use and does use anything and anyone who will fall for his false words to do away with the work of the Lord. As Christians, we are to recognize that our enemy will try to attack the work of God. Our job is to pray and be on guard against it.

Victory in the Lord will happen and be our portion when we believe that God is on our side and if He is in our plans, than spiritual victory will happen.

Keep on trusting in what God has asked you to do and ignore any insults and all false accusations from those who oppose the Lord.

God wanted Jerusalem to be occupied again and He wanted the wall around Jerusalem to be repaired. If our Lord has placed a work in your heart for Him, then trust that Jesus will see it through to its completion. There may be some bumps on the way, but trust and believe and let the Lord Jesus do the leading and keep praying and then go into action.

Fear not - our world at times may seem to be going out of its way to destroy our faith and our Lord, but remember what Jesus said in Matthew 16:18B, "and upon this Rock (Jesus) I will build My church and all the powers of hell will not conquer it."

Pray, keep praying and move forward! Amen.

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